When I was around 20 years old, I got some news no woman wants to hear. I had an abnormal pap smear and needed to be rechecked. The second one came back abnormal as well. I was then sent for a biopsy of my cervix which revealed pre-cancerous cells. A procedure was performed to get rid of the abnormal cells, and I have had normal test results for the past 15 years.
So why am I telling you all this? Well, I am VERY concerned about the recent attacks on women’s healthcare. You see, my pre-cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment was provided to me by…get ready for it…Planned Parenthood. I’ll give all of my more conservative friends a moment to pull themselves together (wink-wink).
That’s right. Planned Parenthood. The ONLY place a 20-year-old college girl working for minimum wage at a daycare center that did not offer healthcare benefits could get regular well-woman care and treatment. Not only did I receive affordable care, but quality care, lots of education, and respect.
I don’t like to think about what could have happened had I not been diagnosed so early and treated so quickly. Cervical cancer? Chemotherapy? Hysterectomy? Death? I look at my four beautiful children and wonder if their lives would have been possible.
So before you immediately think “abortion” when you hear “Planned Parenthood,” take a few moments and remember my story. What they did for me, in my opinion, was very pro-life.
The reason I wrote this was NOT to spark a debate about abortion. This is a very sensitive subject for me and many women who face difficult situations. Please be kind and courteous. Also, be aware that any negative comments will not be tolerated.